Dimensions: 384 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670024783
ISBN - 13: 9780670024780
From the Publisher
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of
Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue
Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for
freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the worldand it is now
the newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.
Hetty Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century
Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that
enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's
daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do
something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits
imposed on women.
Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh
birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who
is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the
next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own,
dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex
relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy
ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure
loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the
process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited
love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place
alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the
early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes
beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of
her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning
mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that
looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American
history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment,
and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
About the Author
Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of
the novels The Secret Life of Bees
and The Mermaid Chair. She is also the author of
several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York
Times bestseller Traveling with
Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She
lives in Florida.
Praise for The Invention of Wings “A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free. . .will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to find her power and her voice. . .Sue Monk Kidd has written a conversation changer. It is impossible to read this book and not come away thinking differently about our status as women and about all the unsung heroines who played a role in getting us to where we are." —Oprah Winfrey, O The Oprah Magazine “Alternating between Sarah’s and Handful’s contrasting perspectives on their oddly conjoined worlds allows Kidd to generate unstoppable narrative momentum as she explores the troubled terrain that lies between white and black women in a slaveholding society. . ..the novel’s language can be as exhilarating as its powerful story. . .by humanizing these formidable women, The Invention of Wings furthers our essential understanding of what has happened among us as Americans – and why it still matters.” —Margaret Wrinkle, The Washington Post